Rotoscope Reflections

by Sean Moore & Miguel Miranda

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"Idiosyncratic local musician and former Heathen Sean Moore’s recent experiments with cerebral mood music have flirted with an overbearing profundity that, while admirable, seems to sacrifice cohesion for indulgence. The internalized atmosphere of self-released albums like 2007’s Tone Poems in Low Fidelity and Signs of Potential Life showcased his adept musicianship and effortless sense of pop songwriting hooks, but not until this month’s team-up with pal Miguel Miranda on Rotoscope Reflections has Moore so confidently led listeners through the slippery avenues of his personality.

From the poignant slow burn of “Four Canals” to the throbbing bemusement of the transcendent album closer, “Caught Cheerleading,” Reflections strips away every crutch from Moore’s melodic arsenal and bravely stands on its own, enveloped by gorgeous digital amplification, while the narrative builds.

Although heavily altered, Moore and Miranda’s Queen-like vocal harmonies remain intensely human. “A Tremor No One Else Feels,” for instance, kicks off in a lightly underscored a cappella, until their voices are joined by the bubbly incandescence of the keyboards; the line between raw confession and tech bombast is toed gracefully, then excused from the conversation. The song leads right into “Fuzzy Brichezz,” a sorrowful instrumental brimming with ideas but contained by a specific temper.

That’s the triumph of Rotoscope Reflections: Through his own steady growth (also visible earlier in the year on Moore’s contribution to WPRK’s White Album, in which his cover of “Julia” stuck to its interpretational expression brilliantly) and the addition of Miranda’s influence, Moore has finally expressed a single musical scheme that’s admirable as much for its restraint as for its wild accomplishment, something Moore has always possessed in spades."
~ Justin Strout, Orlando Weekly

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released May 5, 2009

All material created, arranged, produced and performed by Sean Moore & Miguel Miranda in Longwood & Orlando, FL from 2006-2008. Cover/Back Art: Miguel Miranda. Disc/Liner Art: Tele V. Cheeseburger. Photos: Kris Gruda.

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Track Name: Harmonica Lewinsky
where do I sign off all creative rights?
pens, forget pens
better yet...sign in blood
xerox formulaic teardrops

"this terror of industry
plastic wrapping and gloss-coated sleeves
no reason for this idiocy!"

drunk on the thought of artistic treason
Track Name: Vital Organs
tiptoed through dark matter
and silenced
the host is paranoid

"of what may I ask?
NOTHING!!"

vital organs
produce delivery
of amnesty
in the wake of she
taunting touch will kill me...
Track Name: Four Canals
four canals pass through two hearts in symmetry
bloodless solace and a weak-kneed precipitation
the abiding souls, oh could we be tyrants
of flesh-like hostility

wake unto sewers, wasting a lake

forwards towards backwards
pixels and sprites
we devote our lives
Track Name: A Plea of Fantasy
old machinery
death grips on a plea of fantasy

sometimes, never, always
make decisions now

thinking absurdly
to plot out my patterns
my life has lost novelty
Track Name: Church in the Year 2026
bodies feeding seats
vomit what we preach

(purging our senses)

wander without direction
marching to a plastic drum

(purging our talents)

led by strings and paper books
lines misquoted and mistook
Track Name: Rotoscope Reflections
opening eyelids
take in the sights

rhythms lull receptors
currents of clouds

rotoscope reflections
trace overcoat
Track Name: A Tremor No One Else Feels
we confide
in homes we can hide
if given the room
to dream
inside a tomb
waking never too soon

I feel a tremor no one else feels
Track Name: Painting By Numbers
high tide
summoning all life

strange sky
beckoning to cry

two delinquent seas
to carry asides for no one
but mindful progress

retire
never had fire
dull colours
painting by numbers
Track Name: Caught Cheerleading
caught cheerleading for cause of fault
fresh lies are adult

caught sunbathing in twilight hour
our errors tower alone

taught the reader
relinquish eyes
death smiles, surprise!

to run with a crowd
die aloud!
all legs with no hands
applaud them!